Inspirational Shops for Design Lovers in Istanbul

Ham:m | © Feride Yalav
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

With a rich history that spanned different empires, ethnicities, religions, and cultures, Istanbul has plenty of inspiration for its local designers. From modern interpretations of classic motifs to design inspired by nature’s aesthetic whims, we took a look at some of the best places to get your design shopping on.

1. Armaggan


The modern interpretation of classic motifs and traditional hand-craftsmanship are what make Armaggan quite a unique design store. Their Objets d’Art are inspired by both the Anatolian and Ottoman Empires and include beautiful silver vases, glass paperweights, and Sahan plates with intricate handmade details.

2. Ham:m


More like a design store you’d find in Berlin, the minimal aesthetic of Ham:m is complimented by its focus on natural wood. Their showroom is full of beautiful furniture but also objects from local designers.

3. Som Interior


A brother and sister established this design store in Çukurcuma, which, quite unlike its surroundings, does not focus on antiques. You’ll find very modern creations such as colourful wrought iron lamps and solid wood workbenches and tables at Som Interior.

4. Atölye 11


Located in a former Orthodox Church in the trendy Karaköy neighbourhood, Atölye 11 is a colourful space full of beautiful objects from local designers. You’ll find pillows with hand-printed motifs, vintage furniture, and unique decorative objects.

5. Onsekiz


This design shop is all about lighting, specifically industrial lighting in case you want to add something quite unusual to your living space. Onsekiz has pieces from the 30s to the 70s, from factory lamps to vintage hanging lamps that are absolutely unique.

6. Amorf


Handmade objects made from the wood of olive and walnut trees are what make this design shop so special. At Amorf, beautiful cutting boards, bowls, and tables are smooth to the touch and have the natural imprints of bark.

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